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Summer Reading Recommendations

by Imani Young

Summer reads are the best. Lounging back on a nice sunny day with a good ole book and a cold drink. It doesn’t get any better. So let’s check out three books that I think will start your summer off just right. If you already read them, well, you’re on a good start to an amazing summer. But let’s not spoil it for the others. Now it is literally impossible to just choose three books out of all the books in the universe but I’m going try to narrow it down to the three that I personally love. There are just so many incredible authors out there, from John Green, Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, Stephen King and the author of the new hit movie, “Before I Fall” adapted from the book of the same name, Lauren Oliver. The three books that I recommend you teens/ young adults read this summer are:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
One that I hold truly to my heart; The Perks Of Being A Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about a freshman transitioning to high school and trying to find his way, like each of us are. I would give this book to every teenage boy and girl I know. While Charlie isn’t exactly a excellent role model, he does show that being different is okay (because it is), that friends come in all kinds of packages, the right ones can last a lifetime, and that these things matter. The things we do matter. This book is such a emotional, deep and realistic story. Every character made this story unforgettable for me, and they will for you if you read it this summer.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Number two: Looking for Alaska by John Green. We all know John Green from his New York Times best selling book The Fault In Our Stars, and if you don’t know him, I highly recommend you look into him. He is one of the best writers of the 20th century (well in my opinion, he is). Looking for Alaska is just beyond amazing! I adore this book. The characters are so relatable. As the story progresses, you feel a sense of connection to them. Like they are real. Told from the first person point of view, Miles Halter was unpopular in Florida who had very few friends until he goes to Culver Creek Boarding School, and everything changes he meets new people, gets to make a new name for himself; especially when he meets the incredible, amazing, destructive, bookworm, Alaska Young. I feel slightly unworthy of reviewing this book.
That is the feeling I get whenever I read a book that is so phenomenal I couldn’t even begin to describe it. So all I can say is “read it”. Go through the ups and down, the crazy pranks,the love and the hate, and go through the pain, and the happiness. Go through the lost. Take that journey with Miles Halter “pudge” and find the “Great Perhaps”.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Last but not least, Number three: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. You may be familiar with this title because it has recently became a motion picture. Popular high school senior Samantha Kingston is known, loved and envied by all her classmates. February 12th, also known as Cupid Day at her school, is one big party for her and her friends. A day of Valentines and roses and being at the top of the social pyramid, she has it all. Until that night. Everything changes when she dies in a terrible car accident. She still wakes up the next morning like nothing happened. However, Sam is reliving the last day of her life seven times. I found Before I Fall’s concept unique, and I enjoyed this read. I hope you will too.

So there you have it; a short summer reading list to get your summer going on the right track. Read, enjoy, and check out some other books by these authors. You won’t regret it.

Image by Megan Waardenburg